anisogamete


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anisogamete

/an·iso·gam·ete/ (-gam´ēt) a gamete differing in size or structure from the one with which it unites.anisogamet´ic

anisogamete

(ăn-ī′sō-găm′ēt, ăn′ĭ-)
n.
Either of two conjugating gametes that differ in structure or behavior, such as the small motile male spermatozoon and the larger nonmotile female ovum. Also called heterogamete.

anisogamete

[-gam′ēt]
Etymology: Gk, anisos + gamos, marriage
a gamete that differs considerably in size and structure from the one with which it unites, such as the macrogamete and microgamete of certain sporozoa. Also called heterogamete. Compare isogamete. anisogametic, adj.